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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:19 pm

    My bad, its been a while since I discussed Mi 24s, or choppers for that matter.

    That gun was there on the Mig 27. From what I have read, it destroys EVERYTHING in a 200m radius once it opens fire. And because of the recoil it was placed in a rather weird position of the fuselage or your airframe would disintegrate mid combat.

    I cant link any external websites yet but this is the link to a liveleak video of the GSh-30-6 firing

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    Post  Akula971 on Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:37 am

    Mi 8 Bombs a crowd of innocent bystanders during an airshow.


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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  GarryB on Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:44 pm

    The only Russian/Soviet four barrel gatlings are 7.62mm and 12.7mm calibre.

    Regarding the 30mm gatling on the MiG-27 it is important to keep in mind it has a two fin shield on either side of the muzzle to reduce the muzzle flash... on a weapon about 8 metres back from the nose of the aircraft... it is a very powerful weapon.


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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Werewolf on Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:49 pm

    Found an interesting patent concept of Helicopter mothership deploying Helicopter drones commanding it and targeting from safe distance targets and distributing it to Attack Helicopters.

    http://www.findpatent.ru/patent/240/2403181.html



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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:50 pm

    Russian 4 barrels are the YakB 12.7mm and GSh-7.62

    Dont want to go off topic but the Mig 27 is a nice ground attack aircraft.



    Nice footage plus a lot of gun action.

    Coming back the helicopters, I think the Ka-29TB is a really nice platform. Its like the Mi 24 of the seas. GSh-7.62, 30mm autocannon, 8 x Shturms or 4 hardpoints.

    I think 2A42, with 2 S 8 rockets and 2 Shturm launchers on either sides makes a great coastal assault loadout .

    The new Ka 52K Katran combined with the Ka-29TB is a promising combination. I dont know what will happen to the Mistrals. But Russia should make a dedicated helicopter carrier for its marines, it will be a great weapon for coastal assault forces.

    There is very little information on the Ka-29TB. I dont even know how many men it can transport at once.


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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  jhelb on Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:59 pm

    Werewolf wrote:Found an interesting patent concept of Helicopter mothership deploying Helicopter drones commanding it and targeting from safe distance targets and distributing it to Attack Helicopters.

    Good find Werewolf. If RuAF can replicate the same design concept say from a Tu-160 or Tu 22 it would really be great.

    In that case a Tu 160 or Tu 122 can deploy a swarm of drones from stand off range to attack enemy mechanized units or carrier groups.

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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:06 pm

    jhelb wrote:
    In that case a Tu 160 or Tu 122 can deploy a swarm of drones from stand off range to attack enemy mechanized units or carrier groups.

    I was actually thinking of the Mi 26 for doing something like this. But it doesnt sound 'Russian' if you know what i mean Very Happy

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    Post  Werewolf on Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:18 pm

    Akula971 wrote:Nice footage plus a lot of gun action.

    Coming back the helicopters, I think the Ka-29TB is a really nice platform. Its like the Mi 24 of the seas. GSh-7.62, 30mm autocannon, 8 x Shturms or 4 hardpoints.

    I think 2A42, with 2 S 8 rockets and 2 Shturm launchers on either sides makes a great coastal assault loadout .

    The new Ka 52K Katran combined with the Ka-29TB is a promising combination. I dont know what will happen to the Mistrals. But Russia should make a dedicated helicopter carrier for its marines, it will be a great weapon for coastal assault forces.

    There is very little information on the Ka-29TB. I dont even know how many men it can transport at once.

    Nice footage.

    Yes i do like the Ka-29 very much proofed to be very reliable and versitile with its predecessors.
    I don't know if you should equip it wiht 2A42, but it already has UPK-23-250 gun pods (23x115mm and 250 rounds) the 30x165 would have roughly 15kN more recoil not really good for almost the same lethality of the round.

    The Ka-29/TB can fit 16 soldiers.

    Here you have Ka-31 it already has more equipment installed than Mi-28N or Ka-52. Like it seems Kamov is still more focused on its Naval Kamov fleet and projects than on its Ka-52 at least with the space of Vitebsk and sensor suite.

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    Werewolf wrote:Found an interesting patent concept of Helicopter mothership deploying Helicopter drones commanding it and targeting from safe distance targets and distributing it to Attack Helicopters.

    Good find Werewolf. If RuAF can replicate the same design concept say from a Tu-160 or Tu 22 it would really be great.

    In that case a Tu 160 or Tu 122 can deploy a swarm of drones from stand off range to attack enemy mechanized units or carrier groups.

    I think to design airdeployable drones for a jet is much harder task with to me unknown impact if it is actually feasable. The point here is, that the drones deployed by a helicopter is easy, it can hover and let the drone scout ahead, on a jet like Tu-160 that is impossible and i kind of doubt that it can fit in it  drones small enough with enough payload,electronics and still be faster than Tu-160 so it could enter enemy airspace before the mothergoose could do. Probably it is possible but the costs for such drones must be immense, easier to equip it with more cruise missiles.

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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  GarryB on Sat May 02, 2015 8:47 am

    I like the Zala disposable drone concept in the large pods that fit under standard wing pylons and intended to be carried by Ka-52s.

    One large pod appears to carry 5-6 drones which are released in mid flight and look like those flat flying wing hand launched drones the Russian Army seems to be using at the moment.

    The pictures shown here however seem to show the much larger Ka-37 drone helos which are large enough to probably have the capacity to fly back to friendly lines and not require recovery by the launch aircraft.

    I rather suspect they would be too big and also therefore too expensive to be disposable.

    The launch platform is clearly the Ka-226T which would be a rather valuable platform for such work as it likely could carry a rather large number of small and tiny UAVs for a range of missions... tiny UAVs are difficult to spot and deal with... their main problem is that they lack range for long range work... having a carrier platform like a helo with a modular rear pod you could easily deploy large numbers while at the same time have a few crewmen on board so that they UAVs themselves could be made more capable and more expensive with better view distances and thermal cameras and other expensive components because they could simply be landed on the ground with the Ka-226T able to land nearby to recover them.

    The new Ka 52K Katran combined with the Ka-29TB is a promising combination. I dont know what will happen to the Mistrals. But Russia should make a dedicated helicopter carrier for its marines, it will be a great weapon for coastal assault forces.

    The Mistral would be ideal as the 200 bed hospital alone plus all those helicopters are ideal for disaster relief and for military operations... it would even make a useful command vessel for a small naval group.

    There is very little information on the Ka-29TB. I dont even know how many men it can transport at once.

    According to the advertising it says up to 16 troops with their side arms, but I would say 6-8 in full body armour and kit. The more you carry the longer the helo has to sit on the ground vulnerable... that is why the Mi-8/-17 is preferred over the Hind for troop transport... with side and rear doors it is faster to get out of the Hips so you spend less time on the ground.

    Hind would be good for small parties however... 2-6 men.


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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  GarryB on Sat May 02, 2015 8:59 am

    In that case a Tu 160 or Tu 122 can deploy a swarm of drones from stand off range to attack enemy mechanized units or carrier groups.

    Not needed... remember this helo concept is an Army Aviation thing so they don't need to ask for bigger longer ranged Air Force drones. there is likely a limit on how big Army Aviation drones can be before they fall under the control of the air force so this is a way to extend the range and speed of smaller slower drones and also to make them recoverable in the field so they don't end up having to be expendible... which would either make them too expensive to actually use, or result in a reducing in costs which makes them cheaper but also much less effective to save costs.

    Yes i do like the Ka-29 very much proofed to be very reliable and versitile with its predecessors.
    I don't know if you should equip it wiht 2A42, but it already has UPK-23-250 gun pods (23x115mm and 250 rounds) the 30x165 would have roughly 15kN more recoil not really good for almost the same lethality of the round.

    There was a version shown at an air show with a 30mm cannon on the left hand side near the left pylon inner, presumably with the ammo inside the cabin. It has been assumed by some to be standard equipment and the 4 barrel 7.62mm gun under the nose fairing as being there as well.

    Personally I don't know.

    Here you have Ka-31 it already has more equipment installed than Mi-28N or Ka-52. Like it seems Kamov is still more focused on its Naval Kamov fleet and projects than on its Ka-52 at least with the space of Vitebsk and sensor suite.

    The Russian Army has reportedly ordered some Ka-31s for battlefield radar/command/control use... based on the colour that helo is painted I would suggest that might be an Army model... though I supposed it could easily be a naval model intended to be used on land too.

    Here is a photo:





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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Sat May 02, 2015 9:57 am





    I spent a lot of time wondering where the mainguns on the Ka 29TB were. In the videos, it shows quite a lot of things about the helicopter. Cockpit view of it launching rockets, another Ka dropping either Sonar bouys or free fall bombs (cant tell really, drops 2 of them). If it does indeed carry the 30mm and the 4 barrel 7.62, it just adds to what the helo can do. Then again, having both of them increases weight, which reduces range, payload etc.

    Kamov has a niche. It makes really good and versatile naval helicopters. And it only makes sense that it continues to do so in the future. The Ka 50 was more or a revival for the company in Modern Russia if you ask me. The Ka 52K
    is a direct competitor to the AH1J SeaCobra. And we can all see where that is headed. Ka 52K can be called a niche helo too.

    I dont think Mil is going to make anything similar to the Ka 31 for army use. Their Mi38 seems to have hit a dead end or the progress is really slow. The Ka 60/2 seems to be going the same way. So it is possible that the army might take the Ka 31 AWACS. But then again, cant tell much from the camo.



    They just added an active defense system on the Mi 8 that helps it dodge incoming missiles, i guess IR seekers. There is progress but because all the companies got merged into a government-private conglomerate i dont think we'll see intercompany competition. Maybe they'll integrate the electronics suit to a Mi 8, may the Ka 29 will get the active defence system.

    Serious question though, cant Russia make its own Mistrals ? I think if the deal goes sour, that is what they'll end up doing.

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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Sat May 02, 2015 10:15 am

    Found an image of the 30mm cannon on the Ka29



    And a brief note on its armaments (Janes):

    ARMAMENT: Four-barrel Gatling-type GShG-7.62 7.62mm machine gun, with 1,800 rounds, flexibly mounted behind down ward-articulated door on starboard side of nose; four pylons on outriggers, for two four-round packs of 9M114 Shturm (AT-6 'Spiral') ASMs and two UV-32-57 57 or B-8V20 80mm rocket pods. Alternative loads include four rocket packs, two pods each containing a 23mm gun and 250 rounds, or twn ZAB 500 incendiary bombs. Internal weapons bay for torpedo or bombs. Provision fur 30mm Type 2A42 gun above port outrigger, with 250-round ammunition feed from cabin.

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    Post  Werewolf on Sat May 02, 2015 2:49 pm

    Serious question though, cant Russia make its own Mistrals ? I think if the deal goes sour, that is what they'll end up doing.

    They obviously could and have the know-how, the problem is just that all ship building yards are occupied already which are already in delay and planning to build an own helicopter carrier will end up only having it by 2025+, so that is the reason why they just tried to make a deal to get it ASAP instead of lining up all projects and ships they need. Russia hasn't anymore the industrial capacity it had as Soviet Union.

    Thanks for the picture, never seen 30mm as a side armament.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat May 02, 2015 4:04 pm

    If it does indeed carry the 30mm and the 4 barrel 7.62, it just adds to what the helo can do. Then again, having both of them increases weight, which reduces range, payload etc.

    AFAIK the 30mm is an option but not a common option as the cabin will be used for troops... not 30mm cannon shells.

    It is funny we talk about missing things on Kamovs... it reminded me of a discussion I had years ago on Key Publishing where a member was positive that the Helix had no belly doors for torpedoes and depth charges... just because he had never seen one he believed they did not exist... I found a photo of it but didn't bother posting it because that was how he learned new information... by challenging others to find it for him... so when I found a decent picture I didn't show him... does that make me evil?

    Anyway:

    This is of course the gun



    and this is the external view of the mounted gun:




    I dont think Mil is going to make anything similar to the Ka 31 for army use.

    It is a variant of the naval AEW aircraft so I doubt Mil will bother... if the army wants some it will likely just buy Kamovs.

    But then again, cant tell much from the camo.

    it is a pitch to the army so they made it up in camo suitable for the role.

    Doesn't mean they have accepted it or rejected it...

    They just added an active defense system on the Mi 8 that helps it dodge incoming missiles, i guess IR seekers. There is progress but because all the companies got merged into a government-private conglomerate i dont think we'll see intercompany competition. Maybe they'll integrate the electronics suit to a Mi 8, may the Ka 29 will get the active defence system.

    What ever aircraft they choose for service will likely get active defence systems like the Ka-52 and Mi-28 will get. I rather doubt the Army is interested in the Ka-29.

    Serious question though, cant Russia make its own Mistrals ? I think if the deal goes sour, that is what they'll end up doing.

    Of course they can... it is just the whole idea of Mistral was to already have one by now and soon to be receiving the other. In less than a years time we will likely know for sure what is going to happen, but even if France keeps the Mistrals Russia will have Mistral like vessels... though it might be 10 years before they are operational... When you pay someone to deliver flowers to your wedding and at the last minute they say they wont do it... that does not mean you can't have flowers at your wedding... but in this case the wedding might need to be delayed... of course any future parties and pissups you wont be getting flowers from there any more... you grow flowers yourself, and you only hired them because you wanted the right flowers that you couldn't get for a while... now you will just have to wait a bit, but you will have more creative control now...



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    Post  Morpheus Eberhardt on Sat May 02, 2015 4:17 pm

    GarryB wrote:... so when I found a decent picture I didn't show him... does that make me evil?

    No, not at all.

    I have a somewhat similar approach; I continue providing whatever information I can, but once I realize the person ..., I stop my participation.

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    Post  Akula971 on Sat May 02, 2015 4:39 pm

    Werewolf wrote:
    Thanks for the picture, never seen 30mm as a side armament.

    Learn something new everyday.

    Actually i found out the whole deal with the Kamov Ka 29. Once i get interested in something, i'll go to the extent of finding out every single nut there is on that thing. Thats just me though. Figured out where what was and all.

    The part where the nose piece just pops off and the gun comes out and starts shooting is really fun to watch, like some James Bond movie stuff.

    No, it doesnt make you evil if you keep some intel away strategically. It helps you access how much the other party knows. You go on from there.

    I had a discussion about the Tu 160 entering production again, and the person i was talking to said they should wait for the PAF DA. I just told him in a few lines that the PAKDA doesnt come into service before 2025 and having more Tu 160s is a good idea. The guy didnt understand, so yeah i left the discussion.

    Logistics and time are the main reason Mistrals wont come into existence soon, i mean a Russian made Mistral at least. But lets see, they layed down 8 new submarines this year, maybe they'll plan on making a new shipyard too sometime. This reminds me of a game i played where you are actually restricted to the number of shipyards you can own, you can make a ton of stuff : Troop transports, aircraft carriers, submarines, battleships, thing is, you have to prioritize and manage what and how many of what you want or you end up having an ineffective navy. Too many subs, no aircraft carriers. Nice marriage anecdote though Very Happy

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    Post  GarryB on Sun May 03, 2015 12:44 am

    It is very much like a strategy game... right now you have x number of slipways and x number of shipyards able to build big ships and work on big ships.

    You have some old big ships and you want some new big ships and you want some new carriers.

    If you upgrade your old big ships you get much more capable big ships which are useful for all sorts of things but you tie up your big ship shipyards.

    Brand new big ships will take a decade to perfect and design and get into service in numbers, while new carriers will take just as long if not longer.

    If you start building new carriers now you will likely find yourself in the mid 2020s with carriers but not enough big and medium sized ships to actually support proper operations.

    the real choice is... do you start designing a building brand new big ships now and just keep the old big ships as they are which means they will be terribly obsolete by 2020, or do you give the old big ships a decent upgrade using lots of bits and pieces you will be using on the new designs like compact nuclear reactors and vertical launch missile systems and modern powerful radars and sensors and battle management systems so you can test them in the older vessels so when the new designs are ready there will be some maturity to the systems you fit...

    Personally I prefer the latter.

    regarding the White Swan the problem there is that I have seen estimates that the first prototype PAK DA would fly in 2019... which isn't that far away now.

    I would estimate that if you decided right now to build a new factory to make all the components of a Tu-160 as it is now would cost a small fortune and also not necessarily be ready for full production by 2020. By the time you produce your first new Tu-160 the PAK DA should be getting very close to serial production... and to be honest I would rather see that money invested in creating an aircraft factory able to build a large aircraft to the precise accuracy needed to make an aircraft stealthy.

    Personally I would prefer a scaled up PAK FA type shape except with the nose pushed back into the wing so the leading edge of the wing is like an angled V shape that could be fitted with an enormous long wave band radar to detect stealth aircraft... that way the PAK DA could also be a long range stealthy AWACS aircraft... and with the weapon load replaced with electronics it could be a Jstars, and a maritime patrol aircraft with enormous loiter time, and of course with the entire payload replaced with fuel it could be an inflight refuelling aircraft... and with super cruising capability it could easily be a Tu-128 like heavy interceptor with enormous range, mach 1.6 speed and an enormous number of AAMs and of course that huge anti stealth radar... they might end up making 400 of them... with 100 as strategic bombers... 100 more as inflight refuelling tankers that take off with the heavy bombers and refuel them and then land and arm with theatre nuclear weapons and refuel and hit targets in europe, maybe 50 AWACS, 25 JSTAR, perhaps 25 for special world wide stealthy missions like transporting special forces, plus say 100 interceptors and 100 maritime patrol aircraft.

    OK 400 is probably too much... keep the 100 strategic bombers, maybe 50 inflight refuelling aircraft, 40 AWACS, 15 JSTARs, 10 Spec ops, 30 Interceptors and 30 MPAs... so that is 275...


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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Mon May 04, 2015 5:52 pm

    See in the game i usually end up actively waging wars and capturing more shipyards over time to maintain my dominance, i dont think Russia can do that, without starting a global war.

    I am going all fiction here, but its possible that Russia and China initiate a common ship building process, like the Brahmos for example (with India). China makes/upgrades ships, Russia provides technology so Chinese put it in their other ships too. Its a strategic decision but yeah like i said, Chinese already have a very active ship building industry, but like i said its ALL FICTION.

    I cant comment on if they should build new ships or upgrade old frames because i dont know their naval forces very well. Yeah i could very well tell you what is what with weapon systems but i dont have much on how their navy operates 'tactically'.

    PAK FA, PAK DA, PAK TA, right now its only T 50 and an aging fleet of Tu 95s, Tu 160s, Tu 22M3s. I would personally recommend upgrading the Tu 160s with new electronics and ECM equipment while actively developing the T50. See what this does is provide an active test bed for the new electronics. Like the radars that you talk off or of ECM suites. The Tu 160 gets better functionality, longer service life and the T50 gets battle tested or time tested equipment.

    And then once PAK-DA advances to final stages, they can convert the Tu 160 factories to PAK-DA factories.


    Is this really the final design ? Ofcourse assuming it has an internal weapons bay and the artists made it to look cool.

    Some more Kamov action :


    Relaxing video




    I can watch this ALL DAY.





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    Post  GarryB on Tue May 05, 2015 11:52 am

    I cant comment on if they should build new ships or upgrade old frames because i dont know their naval forces very well. Yeah i could very well tell you what is what with weapon systems but i dont have much on how their navy operates 'tactically'.

    With their ships their future vessels will be fully standardised... so instead of having ten different anti ship missiles they will have UKSK launchers which can launch a range of anti ship and land attack and anti submarine missiles. they will also have standardised SAM launchers that launch a range of standard SAM types, so an upgrade to the old vessels with these new unified launchers as well as the integration of the Sigma system (Russian AEGIS) and standardised sensors and propulsion upgrading their old vessels actually makes them easier to use.. The Kirov class carry Granit which is no longer in production and the Slava class carry Vulkan which is not being produced now either. Fitting UKSK both can carry Onyx now and Zircon in 10 years time. The new compact nuclear reactors can be tested in them and once perfected will be used in future new large vessels including carriers.

    PAK FA, PAK DA, PAK TA, right now its only T 50 and an aging fleet of Tu 95s, Tu 160s, Tu 22M3s. I would personally recommend upgrading the Tu 160s with new electronics and ECM equipment while actively developing the T50. See what this does is provide an active test bed for the new electronics. Like the radars that you talk off or of ECM suites. The Tu 160 gets better functionality, longer service life and the T50 gets battle tested or time tested equipment.

    Tu-22M3 and Tu-95MS and Tu-160 are all getting upgrades to Tu-22M3M, Tu-95MSM, and Tu-160M standard. With development of new radars for PAKDA and new engines the potential for further improving the Tu-160M is there... new engines and radars can be used on the Blackjack and the Backfire.

    Is this really the final design ? Ofcourse assuming it has an internal weapons bay and the artists made it to look cool.

    Not even close. That is the T-4MS, which was an aircraft design by Sukhoi... based on their Mach 3 recon plane design the T-4 but the whole design was passed on to Tupolev to build because Sukhoi was too busy with the Su-27... Tupolev rejected the design and built their own design... the aircraft we now call the Tu-160.


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    Post  Akula971 on Tue May 05, 2015 5:51 pm

    This approach makes sense. I just read on SputnikNews (i dont know if its considered a credible source here or not) that the Tu 160 will undergo modifications and the aircraft will almost be renewed. All thanks to KRET.

    Modernizing current warships and aircrafts as long as they are serviceable, fall within safety regulations is a cost effective measure till Russia can begin making a new armada of weapons from scratch so to speak. This way they can gradually test the new equipment, integrate it with existing systems and install them on new platforms with rather ease. This is like a whole new approach to war-fighting and deterrence.

    To quote those guys :

    "The Tupolev Tu-160 strategic missile carrier/bomber will be equipped with an advanced radio-electronic warfare system, which is highly effective against anti-aircraft missiles, Russia’s Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) reported.

    KRET is developing a new aircraft guidance system, a targeting and navigation complex, a weapons control system and other electronic equipment. A total of 800 firms and organizations are involved in the modernization of the Tu-160 aircraft.

    KRET companies are designing engine control and fuel consumption systems as well as a maintenance service which would help the crew in force majeure situations."


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    Not even close. That is the T-4MS, which was an aircraft design by Sukhoi... based on their Mach 3 recon plane design the T-4 but the whole design was passed on to Tupolev to build because Sukhoi was too busy with the Su-27... Tupolev rejected the design and built their own design... the aircraft we now call the Tu-160.

    It looked too much like the Sotka, that is why I asked.

    Going OFF TOPIC here

    Appears to be a render of the PAK-DA


    Comparison of various designs






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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  GarryB on Wed May 06, 2015 4:43 am

    Modernizing current warships and aircrafts as long as they are serviceable, fall within safety regulations is a cost effective measure till Russia can begin making a new armada of weapons from scratch so to speak. This way they can gradually test the new equipment, integrate it with existing systems and install them on new platforms with rather ease. This is like a whole new approach to war-fighting and deterrence.

    It is a bit like Ratnik... in the past the manufacturer who made helmets had no contact or communication with the companies that made other equipment... they just made helmets.

    With Ratnik however everything is considered together so the Helmet will protect the head of course but is designed to be used with communications equipment and optics and will be designed with the rest of the body armour to use the latest materials and leave as few gaps in protection as possible.

    Now everything is being developed this way so the Radar manufacturer for ships wont just be making a radar for one weapon system, they will likely be making a range of sensors for several weapons systems and to provide information for the on targets and threats for the shared battle management systems.

    Equally electronics suites have traditionally been designed for specific aircraft... you may have noticed shared numbers like the Kh-23, the R-23, are weapons developed for the MiG-23, but the radar and defence equipment also included 23 in the codename.
    Electronics suites for aircraft have the name avionics... a combination of aviation and electronics... there is no equivalent term for land vehicles, but the Russians have developed it so over time expect a new name to be developed for it.

    The different vehicle families they have developed each have electronics suites shared to reduce costs and increase commonality.

    Appears to be a render of the PAK-DA


    Comparison of various designs

    I rather doubt they have even totally finalised the design of the PAK DA even now so these drawings... which are pure speculation are likely inaccurate... especially the PAK DA.... a subsonic flying wing does not need the complication and weight penalty of a swing wing.... and like I said the design shown is the T-4MS which has already been rejected 30 odd years ago.


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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Wed May 06, 2015 5:21 am

    GarryB wrote:

    The different vehicle families they have developed each have electronics suites shared to reduce costs and increase commonality.


    Thats how the T72 family was at one time, you had the T 72 MBT, TOS-1 on a T72 Chasis, you have Buk or any ADS on the T 72 Chasis, then you had the BMPT on the T72 chasis, also some troop transports on the T72 chasis (I think they are called BTR-T) but i maybe wrong, so all in all, everything on a T72 chasis. Well i dont think they shared electronics or anything but they shared the same chasis, so logistics for these vehicles were pretty simplified, you can interchange parts as and when needed, no different spares, no different fuel.

    But yes, the commonality on the electronics is a great thing. It cuts down on logistics cost, training cost, replacement cost. Plus if you are throwing in prototype models, you have a test bed Very Happy Just as we discussed.

    Regarding PAK-DA, i dont really know. These are the images i found making rounds. I am waiting for the Tu160M upgrade, wanna see where it goes Very Happy I believe it will directly or indirectly raise the bar for the PAK DA too.

    Lets get back to helicopters.



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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  Akula971 on Wed May 13, 2015 12:55 pm

    Just read on RT that the Nuclear capable Mi 14 is going to make a comeback soon, along with the Tu 160.



    Source : http://rt.com/news/258081-anti-submarine-mi14-comeback/

    " The new version of Mi-14 is likely to get new engines, advanced avionics and modern electronics. It is expected that modern version of Mi-14 will have better floating stability than its forebears."

    Also this might be old news but the Chinese have an equivalent of the Ka 31 AWACS deployed on the Mi 17 frame.

    Picture: Kazan Helicopter Plant


    Some Mi 14 action


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    Re: Military Helicopters: Pictures and Videos

    Post  GarryB on Thu May 14, 2015 12:13 pm

    In the longer term it would be interesting to see a naval version of the Mi-38 optimised to the role the Mi-14 performs... with modern digital electronics they should be able to equip it with all sorts of equipment.

    Always thought that a helicopter that was able to float on the water would be ideal for a variable depth sonar....


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    Post  Cyberspec on Fri May 22, 2015 12:33 pm

    Rare photo of a Mi-14 with a guided missile (Kh-23?)


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